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Council hits letting agents with fines worth £150,000

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Council hits letting agents with fines worth £150,000
Tower Hamlets council has fined 27 letting and managing agents across the borough for failing to comply with legislation in place to protect tenants.

In total, the fines are worth £150,000, with individual fines ranging from £1,000 to £10,000. Firms to receive fines include two separate Foxtons branches, Sterling De Vere, Keystone Properties and Avas Residential.

Tower Hamlets was one of the first boroughs to contribute to the Mayor of London’s rogue landlord checker, and has been conducting checks on the 401 letting agents and landlords listed on the database.

The firms which have been fined are required to immediately adjust their practices to ensure they meet the legislative requirements, with Tower Hamlets council promising to carry out further checks shortly to ensure they have done so.

John Biggs, mayor of Tower Hamlets, said the council was committed to ensuring tenants in the borough were not “exploited by rogue letting agents or landlords”.

He continued: “The majority of letting and managing agents in Tower Hamlets successfully help people to settle within our diverse and growing borough. It’s disappointing that a small number are acting dishonestly and misleading people looking for a new home.”

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